Interesting Things About Brazil

Brazil is an interesting place and we enjoyed our visit very much.  Below are some interesting things that I observed while visiting Brazil.  If you click on each picture, it will be enlarged.

Public Cemetery

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 The public cemetery is free, but don’t plan on visiting your loved one’s graveside after three years.  The graves are rotated every three years.  I am not sure what happens to the remains, but you can often see casket parts strewn about and the cemetery is not cared for at all.  I am so glad that a Christian has the hope of eternal life when we will all be caught up together to be forever with the Lord.
 

McDonald’s

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 McDonald’s Ice Cream was about the same price as here in the US.

Meal Time

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 It is a common thing to see Cokes, Guarana, juices, other soft drinks served with meals.

Daily Jobs

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 The Air Conditioner Man – Ha!  Mel loved this!  This was common for internet service too.

Streets

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 Most of the side streets are dirt.  The main street is paved, but full of potholes.

Breakfast

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 A common breakfast is bread or sweet bread.

Homes

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 All homes have gates and walls.  If you want to knock on someone’s door, you stand outside and clap.

Day to Day Travel

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 Many many people travel by bus.  You can see people at the bus stops all hours of the day.

Climate

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 IT is very HOT in Cuiaba.  Most home don’t have AC.  This was just one day while we were there.  It was up to over 100 in the house a couple of times.

Prices

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 Prices are Sky High!

Sports

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 We brought Judah a baseball and bat.  Many people in Brazil do not know what a baseball it. 🙂  But they definitely know what soccer is.

Common Drink

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 This is another common drink – coconut milk.  And it was so good especially after hiking in 100 degree weather. 

Trucks

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 Can you see the trucks bumper to bumper?  This is a main route from Cuiba to Sao Paulo and it takes four days for a truck driver.  Many of them travel four days straight and this is a common sight.  You better watch out and let them have their way.

Internet Service

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 You’ve seen the AC man and now here is the internet service man!

Water

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 This is a typical water tank seen at each house.

Furniture

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 Table and Counter tops in restaurants as well as homes are often made of granite while most of the furniture is made of cheap materials.

Honey

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 The word for honey is Mel.  🙂  We were able to snap this picture as we were driving by of the house of honey.

Squatters

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 These are squatters.  They make whatever they can into a home on a piece of land so they can claim it.

Fuel

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 This is the gas tank for Esther’s stove which is set up under her kitchen sink.  When it runs out, you take it to exchange for another.

Driving

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 It was hard to capture of good picture of what driving is like, but it is not unusual to see motorcyles zooming between cars, trucks, and buses.  Accidents are seen on a regular basis.

Living Quarters

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 Most of the tall building that you see in Cuiaba are not offices; they are apartments.

Speed Bumps

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 Here is another picture that is hard to capture.  While driving, there are not a lot of red lights, but instead you will see a sign for speed bumps, but beware for if you miss the sign or don’t know where the speed bump is, you may be in for some car repairs.

Staple Foods

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 Most people eat their main meal at noon time.  It usually include rice and beans.

Dogs

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 Most everyone owns a watch dog.

Ellen

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